I always remember the joy that mid March brings. The end of winter and the emergence of spring time and March break – what could be finer! I hope everyone will have a chance to enjoy this time of year, whether you have the week off or can just enjoy the coming of spring!
Speaking of spring – don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Ward 4. It will happen on March 25th and more details can be found below in this newsletter. With a little luck the sap will be running that day. The Maple Syrup Festival will feature tree tapping and sap boiling demos, lots of fun activities for the family, and pancakes with real Maple Syrup to enjoy. Most of all I hope that it will be a time when the community can come together to celebrate a truly Canadian harbinger of spring – Maple Syrup.
It has been a particularly busy month on Council as a number of important plans and projects have come to fruition. One of these important plans is the Downtown Secondary Plan. After many years of work, on Februrary 27th, Council passed the Downtown Secondary Plan. This plan will provide the vision and guide the future of our Historic Village Core (the area between Harding Blvd. and Levendale Rd.). The plan gives more granular detail to the already in place Official Plan and adds clarity to how we expect our Historic Village Core to redevelop and revitalize over time. There is more on this subject below.
Another important project that recently came to completion was the Richmond Hill Operating Budget. While the budget is sometimes viewed as a fairly “dry” document, it is really important to a municipality, as it is a monetary reflection of all the things we value in our community. It is the foundation to the delivery of important municipal services and facilities. The budget guides the delivery of all of the services we need for Richmond Hill to be successful and vibrant – from garbage disposal to maintenance of green space, and from fire protection to opportunities for children’s hockey and soccer. The budget lays out Council’s commitment to invest in these and many more services. I have included more detail related to the budget below in the newsletter.
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Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. I always appreciate hearing your comments about any issue in our community. It is through this collaboration that we all make our community the vibrant and active place that it is. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email at any time. My email address is [email protected], my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480.I also have a website (www.davidwest-richmondhill.ca) that hosts information and articles from past newsletters.
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill